Chinese spend more time on internet than TV
Chinese people are now spending more time surfing the net than watching TV,
according to results of a survey by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
(CASS) published Thursday.
The survey, of citizens of five Chinese cities,
found that 79 percent of interviewees use the internet for information, and 55.1
percent prefer to read news on the internet. The average times spent surfing the
net and watching TV were 2.73 hours and 1.29 hours, respectively.
surprise, only 63 percent of the interviewees use e-mail," Guo Liang, a
researcher with the CASS said.
Only 10.4 percent reported using the internet
primarily to send and receive email; 65.9 percent read online news; 62.2 quite
often play games on-line. More and more people have taken an interest in the
entertainment opportunities online. Up to 56.5 percent of interviewees quite
often download music, and 53.5 percent get entertainment messages from the
Yet the survey found that television is still the dominant mass
medium.Seventy-nine percent of interviewees choose to watch TV to get
information, and another 75 percent take newspapers as important as TV.
major web sites in the Chinese language, namely Sina, Sohu, Netease, Baidu and
Yahoo are still ranked top ones by web users, and those that voted for Sina as
the best among them were 30.9 percent.
Authorized statistics showed that web
users in China have already exceeded 100 million, second to that of the United